Newly Infected :((7 posts)
My name is Clariss and I believe I may have picked up some bed bugs at a hotel stay during a business trip to Vancouver, WA. My trip was from 3/9-3/11/08. I was bitten during my stay but it didn't occur to me that they could be bb bites until I came home.
Since, I've had extremely minor and insignificant itches until last night (3 weeks later) that the bites kept me awake. I actually found a dead BB on my sheets. They look like BB's to me but can someone verify them? I did some microscope image captures at work.
Just have 1 question for now:
1) I was planning to use corky's pest control in san diego because they are registered with the BBB and I'm familiar with them. Their website says they fumigate. According to the FAQ, fumigation should be avoided. Should I be running away from this PCO?
From now until I get a PCO here, I'll be trying to catch more with some double sided tape. Hopefully I can get some live ones and try some experiments on killing them.
All I have to say is that, wrt these pests, "fumigation" doesn't always mean what you think it does. It may just mean the PCO sprays, dusts in outlets, etc. Real fumigation with Vikane gas is usually a good thing. Bug bombs or foggers are usually a bad thing. Ask your PCO to explain.
I am having trouble understanding your photos - did that bug get burned? Like with heat, flame or some sort of chemical? Also, it looks like there's some sort of clear membrane attached to it - could it have been casting its skin when it died? Just wondering what others make of it, I can't tell.
I am a layperson who has seen many bed bugs, and from those photos, I could not say for sure what that bug is... (although from your story about the hotel bites and now home bites, it does sound like you could very well have bed bugs).
Yes--it looks charbroiled. What happened there?
The FAQs don't say fumigation is bad. They say foggers and bombs are usually bad (though certain types of fogging are okay sometimes). Bombs never.
Some people say "fumigation" and mean "any kind of bed bug spraying."
Vikane gas fumigation is very good, as another FAQ details.
I have a look at the pictures and to be honest I dont think they are bed bugs. The one that shows a light and organish patch of spots on the black background looks more like carpet beetle adults.
I would strongly advise you to get these identified before you start getting any treatment.
Thanks for all the input. These images are all the same bug. I was rotating my sample to get different angles. I picked it straight from my bedsheet so I didn't burn it. I'll get an entomologist to identify it and let you all know. Thanks!
My guess is a carpet beetle.
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